Rolling Harry’s Hoops sends Burnley clear

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Tuesday night’s exit from the Capital One Cup can be swallowed by most Burnley fans, and turn the mind to concentrating on the next matter in hand - more league points.

A debated penalty (the first one, we’re not complaining about the clear-cut injury time affair) tilted the match Big Sam’s Hammers’ way but Clarets were pleased enough with the first half performance from a team much altered, for one reason or another, from that which made Harry’s expensive Hoops look poverty stricken as Burnley parcelled up QPR to go clear at the top in the clash of the Championship’s top two last Saturday.

It was another excellent performance, limiting a side with undoubted quality to possession in their own half before turning the screw. Following on from the fine football played against Reading, this was no fluke.

October has been a magic month in league terms with max points. Let’s see what we can get from Millwall, an improving team.

l A word to those creating a track record of trouble in the lower deck of the Jimmy Hargreaves Stand - stop it. All you’re doing is creating trouble the club will have to answer for and disturbing the team’s concentration. The Blackburn equaliser arrived not long after play had to be stopped while the flare incident had to be investigated. You’re not remotely damaging the opposition, you’re helping them.

l Musically inclined Clarets, including those who like to have an old-style terraces singalong, might fancy sampling a new CD by Rochdale-based musician and supporter Gerry O’Gorman.

Gerry’s new CD, Better To Have Loved, is a disc packed with Burnley inspired tunes, eleven songs in all. With his band he is performing some of them, plus some terrace tunes from the old days, seldom heard in modern times, at Burnley Mechanics tonight (October 31, 8pm) - box office is www.burnleymechanics.co.uk or telephone 01282 664400 for more details.